Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See subplot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A subplot; a plot that is not the main plot of a story.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A series of events in a play, proceeding collaterally with the main story, and subservient to it.
  • n. A clandestine scheme; a trick.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plot subordinate to another plot, as in a play or a novel.
  • n. An underhand scheme; a trick.

Etymologies

under- +‎ plot (Wiktionary)

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